Simply put, a Smile Makeover relates to the aesthetic design of your teeth and gums.
The goal of a smile makeover is not so much to correct your teeth function or bite, although there are overlapping objectives to be sure, it is mainly to beautify your smile – to make it look natural and attractive.
That’s the textbook, Hollywood-referenced idea of a million dollar celebrity smile. Thankfully, you don’t have to be a celebrity to own a gorgeous smile – and it most certainly does not cost a million bucks!
A Smile Makeover typically involves a combination of different cosmetic dental treatments. This may include a host of treatments such as porcelain veneers, crowns, bridges, orthodontic treatment, dental implants, cosmetic contouring, gum lifting and teeth whitening. A combination of these could be used or just the one type of treatment.
The Smile Makeover therapy usually starts with a chat with the Cosmetic Dentist, who would take the opportunity to assess your smile and find out the type of makeover you have in mind.
Depending on what you’re after, a typical makeover would require at least two to three visits. The number of visits would vary according to the extent of your makeover, as discussed and determined between the dentist and you.
Smile makeover procedures
Whether you have chipped, missing, misaligned, stained, crooked or badly damaged teeth, a smile makeover can be of great help. It is simply the means to designing a custom-made smile that is tailored to your unique considerations.
Here are some of the popular cosmetic dental treatments that together can dramatically transform your smile:
Dental implants: Dental implants represent the modern restorative treatment for missing teeth. A dental implant is essentially an artificial root device made from titanium, which is placed into the jawbone to act as a foundation for tooth replacement. Dental implants look, feel and function like your natural teeth.
Dental Crowns: A dental crown is an artificial tooth-like cap that is placed over an existing tooth that has been severely or decayed, usually recommended when a dental filling is not enough to restore its aesthetic and functional integrity. Not only is the tooth cap robust and durable, it gives the appearance of a natural tooth.
Tooth Whitening: One of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments around, the teeth whitening procedure offers a painless, non-invasive, safe and effective method to whiten your stained or discoloured teeth.
Gap closures and gap bonding: You’d be surprised howclosing those annoying and embarrassing gaps in your teeth can totally transform the appearance of your teeth and smile. More importantly, the modern techniques are minimally invasive and do not involve painful extractions or wearing metal braces.
Porcelain Veneers: These are porcelain laminates made from tooth-coloured porcelain materials that are robust, durable and shine like natural teeth. Designed to cover the front side of your teeth, these ultra-thin, customised dental veneers are bonded to the surface of your teeth to conceal your dental imperfections, and greatly improve the appearance of your smile.
White Fillings: Unlike the amalgam silver-coloured fillings of old, today’s tooth-coloured fillings are made from composite resin – plastic and glass mixture – and can be used to reshape disfigured teeth or change the colour of your teeth for a seamless result.
So if you are unhappy with your teeth and smile, don’t just grin and put up with it. With a smile makeover, and thanks to the marvels of modern cosmetic dentistry, you are able to reconstruct your smile as desired.